Kleber Gonçalves, Director
Prompted by the promise of Christ’s soon return, the Doctor of Ministry program at Andrews University is designed to develop spiritually mature and responsible professionals in ministry for worldwide church leadership.
The Doctor of Ministry program offers a professional doctoral degree for people who seek advanced competencies in evangelism, ministry, and mission. The program enables people to grow in these areas within the framework of a biblical model of leadership. The program is normally offered to professionals who are in active ministry.
Course modules include intensives at various North American and international sites. Concentrations are offered in Chaplaincy, Discipleship and Biblical Spirituality, Evangelism and Church Growth, Family Ministry, Leadership, Millennial Church, Missional Church: A Biblical Response to Western Culture, Organizational Leadership, Pastoral Ministry (Spanish), Preaching, Urban Ministry, and Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
Doctor of Ministry modules, including the intensive sessions, are taught by faculty teams of seminary professors with appropriate academic expertise and professionals from the field with experience in evangelism, ministry, and mission. Teaching methodology combines appropriate methods and technology with collegial dialogue to encourage a creative learning environment. Faculty aim to facilitate balanced spiritual, professional, and theological formation that affects the individual, the family, and the ministry group. Participants develop a deeper personal experience, which leads to a strengthening of their family life as well as a greater commitment to ministry. They learn to evaluate ministerial practices through theological reflection, which helps them establish a biblical model of servant leadership. Graduates from the program will be able to use appropriate tools to analyze the needs of their churches and communities and develop and implement appropriate and effective ministries.
The Doctor of Ministry program seeks to develop the person, knowledge, and practice of its students. While the program is structured around certain areas of concentration, the following outcomes are important to evaluate for all students.
1. Develop deeper biblical spirituality.
2. Experience enrichment of personal and family life.
3. Intensify commitment to ministry.
4. Develop an Adventist perspective of evangelism, mission, and ministry.
5. Experience positive collegial relationships.
6. Develop a global view of society and ministry.
1. Gain theoretical knowledge that contributes to advanced ministry.
2. Develop an understanding of the biblical model of servant leadership.
1. Able to evaluate ministerial practices through theological reflection.
2. Able to use appropriate tools to analyze the needs of churches and communities.
3. Develop skills that facilitate more effective ministry.
4. Able to articulate theological and theoretical understandings that advance global ministry.
5. Develop habits of study that contribute to lifelong learning.
Concentration-specific outcomes based on the program outcomes are listed on the program website.
To be considered for admission to the Doctor of Ministry program, applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Hold the Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent.
- Have a GPA of at least 3.25.
- Demonstrate high professional and personal potential for the gospel ministry.
- Have an equivalent of at least three years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological degree.
- Supply satisfactory recommendations.
- Submit a 1500–2500 word double-spaced paper that discusses their personal spiritual journey and sets forth their purpose for seeking the Doctor of Ministry degree. The paper should manifest theological reflection and a familiarity with current literature in pastoral ministry.
- Applicants from other faiths may be accepted into the program, provided they meet admission requirements and represent high moral integrity with a character, lifestyle, and spiritual commitment reflective of the ideals of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed (applicants for non-English program excepted).
Admission Procedure. Applicants must submit those items specified in the Graduate Academic Policies and in the Admission and Evaluation Policies for Seminary admission requirements.
In addition to the requirements listed in Academic Policies Applying to all Programs , students must fulfill the following requirements for the DMin degree: